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The global brain : the evolution of the mass mind from the big bang to the 21st century

Author: Howard K Bloom
Publisher: New York : Wiley, ©2000.
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This work introduces the theory of 'group selection'. The author argues that throughout the history of life, communication and cooperation between groups has been at least as important as the fierce  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Howard K Bloom
ISBN: 9780471295846 0471295841
OCLC Number: 123098151
Description: x, 370 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Biology, Evolution, and the Global Brain 1 --
1. Creative Nets in the Precambrian Era 14 --
2. Networking in Paleontology's "Dark Ages" 20 --
3. Embryonic Meme 29 --
4. From Social Synapses to Social Ganglions: Complex Adaptive Systems in Jurassic Days 39 --
5. Mammals and the Further Rise of Mind 49 --
6. Threading a New Tapestry 57 --
7. A Trip through the Perception Factory 64 --
8. Reality Is a Shared Hallucination 71 --
9. Conformity Police 81 --
10. Diversity Generators: The Huddle and the Squabble--Group Fission 91 --
11. End of the Ice Age and the Rise of Urban Fire 100 --
12. Weave of Conquest and the Genes of Trade 109 --
13. Greece, Miletus, and Thales: The Birth of the Boundary Breakers 121 --
14. Sparta and Baboonery: The Guesswork of Collective Mind 129 --
15. Pluralism Hypothesis: Athens' Underside 141 --
16. Pythagoras, Subcultures, and Psycho-Bio-Circuitry 151 --
17. Swiveling Eyes and Pivoting Minds: The Pull of Influence Attractors 164 --
18. Outstretch, Upgrade, and Irrationality: Science and the Warps of Mass Psychology 178 --
19. Kidnap of Mass Mind: Fundamentalism, Spartanism, and the Games Subcultures Play 191 --
20. Interspecies Global Mind 207 --
21. Conclusion: The Reality of the Mass Mind's Dreams: Terraforming the Cosmos 217.
Responsibility: Howard Bloom.

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"... This is a clever book, meticulously researched, beautifully written, and well worth reading..." --Michael Shermer, The Washington Post Book World

 
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